Addendum To Introduction


I would like to add an addendum to my initial introduction.

India is due to become within the next thirty years or so, the next industrial and economic power house in Asia, overtaking the Chinese economy. All those safety people that are entering the safety arena now will have a lot of work to do. If you look historically at new industrial power houses coming to the fore, there is generally a path of destruction left in the wake of growth; China is a very good example, every kilometre of growth is littered with the bodies of dead or injured workers, and this does not need to happen, it is the responsibility of all safety people to ensure that a safe and meaningful progression to industrial expansion occurs. I myself, often advise the state government on various safety policies, and had a small input in the creation of our new harmonized Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation. I also train new Government Work Health and Safety Inspectors, in Hazard Analysis, Risk Management and Accident Investigation techniques. You may wonder why I have been chosen to do this since I do not work for the government, I have a lot of powerful friends in Government, and they obviously welcome input from an honest and knowledgeable source, otherwise, they would not ask me.

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I would recommend that since India is at the forefront of modernization and expansion, that the Indian Government do all it can to ensure that the workers that will do the work to make this happen, will be around to reap the rewards. First a total review of safety legislation must be made and bring this into the 21st century, each safety person has to stand up and put pressure on the ministers involved to get this happening, sooner rather than later. I do not want to appear that I am trying to formulate change in India, but I have followed the path of China, and can see the same thing happening in India, the death of many workers and the destruction of the environment, leaves a legacy that will impact future generations. I suggest that all safety people write to Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, and get this lady to take charge of this, politicians often need to be told about what needs to be done by the people, they represent us, and we vote for them, but they often lose track of reality, as they cannot be everywhere at once. If invited, I would be willing to assist her in any way I was able, I also have many friends that write procedures for government departments who could also have input, and it is not impolite to ask for help. I did say that I was a bit of a radical, but sometimes this does not hurt, after all, if Mohandas (Mahatma) Karamchand Gandhi had not been a radical, India would never have achieved independence from Britain.

I think in the next round of posting, I will cover the topic of how you start with safety in the work place, as this is always the most challenging of parts to achieve.